California Becomes First State to Ban Gay, Trans 'Panic' Defenses
September 29 2014 3:19 PM ET

Calif. Becomes First State to Ban Gay, Trans 'Panic' Defenses

Parker Marie Molloy

In a groundbreaking move, the state takes a stand against defendants being able to use a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity as justification for murder.

New Law Gives Trans Californians Respect After Death
September 28 2014 12:10 PM ET

New Law Gives Trans Californians Respect After Death

Michelle Garcia

A new law in California will prevent misgendering transgender people after death.

Couple's Wedding Ceremony Interrupted by Slurs From Hidden Onlooker
September 23 2014 4:44 PM ET

Couple's Wedding Ceremony Interrupted by Slurs From Hidden Onlooker

Michelle Garcia

As a couple exchanged vows before 30 of their close friends and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, someone in a nearby building shouted homophobic words at them.

WATCH: Little Caesars Sued Over Benefits Discrimination
August 29 2014 4:10 PM ET

WATCH: Little Caesars Sued Over Benefits Discrimination

Trudy Ring

A California man sues the pizza chain for failing to provide benefits for employees' same-sex spouses.

California Takes a Stand Against Gay and Trans Panic Defenses in Criminal Cases
August 28 2014 3:23 PM ET

California: Criminal Defendants Won't Be Able to Say This In Court

Michelle Garcia

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign a bill into law that bars criminal defendants from using homophobic and transphobic arguments in court.

California May Revise Birth Certificates for Same-Sex Parents
August 15 2014 8:00 AM ET

California May Revise Birth Certificates for Same-Sex Parents

Mitch Kellaway

If passed, the new law would allow LGBT parents more freedom in describing their relationships to their children.

California Assembly Speaker Becomes First Gay Governor For A Few Hours
July 31 2014 3:19 PM ET

Calif. Assembly Speaker Is First Gay Governor (For A Few Hours)

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

Three political absences made out California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins acting governor for a day.

California Becomes Easiest Place for Trans People to Amend Birth Certificates
July 02 2014 12:57 PM ET

California Is Now the Easiest Place to Amend Your Birth Certificate

Parker Marie Molloy

Passed last year, California's AB 1121 set up the framework for a more privacy-conscious environment for trans individuals trying to legally change their name and gender.

California: Gov. Appoints Gay Judges To Bench
July 01 2014 5:45 PM ET

California: Gov. Appoints Gay Judges To Bench

Michelle Garcia

Therese M. Stewart and James M. Humes are making history in California's judicial system.

PHOTOS: The Prop. 8 Wedding Five Years in the Making
June 30 2014 3:47 PM ET

PHOTOS: The Prop. 8 Wedding Five Years in the Making

Sunnivie Brydum

After a five-year fight to secure the freedom to marry the person they love, Prop. 8 plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo exchanged vows before friends, family, and celebrities at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday.

Supreme Court Upholds California's Ex-Gay Therapy Ban
June 30 2014 10:06 AM ET

Supreme Court Upholds California's 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban

Michelle Garcia

The Supreme Court declined to review two lawsuits brought forth by anti-LGBT organizations.

PHOTOS: Sacramento Pride Is So California
June 18 2014 4:00 AM ET

PHOTOS: Sacramento Pride Is So California

Advocate.com Editors

Cheerleaders, Girl Scouts, and go-go boys — Sacramento Pride is a slice of California LGBT life.

California: Atkins Takes Top Legislative Spot As First Lesbian Speaker
June 08 2014 12:59 PM ET

Atkins Takes Top Legislative Spot As First Lesbian Calif. Speaker

Thom Senzee

Toni Atkins is now the second LGBT person to take one of California's most influential political posts.

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